6 Holiday Safety Tips to Secure Your Home

The holidays are approaching and while this time of year really should be, as Andy Williams famously sang, the “Most Wonderful”, the truth is that grinches in the form of home burglars tend to become more sinister and active around the holidays. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to thwart their plans and keep your home protected.

How to Protect Your Home During the Holidays

Protecting your home, your property, and your family during the holiday season does not need to cost an arm and a leg or come as a distraction during what is almost certainly a busy time for everyone. In fact, most of our seasonal tips involve nothing more than thoughtful planning and common sense. You’d be surprised how far both will take you in securing your home.

Don’t overshare on social media

Be especially cautious when it comes to sharing your holiday travel plans online with your Facebook friends and Instagram followers. While a group selfie from the beaches of Cancun might generate a few likes, it’s also a fine way to let intruders know that your home is currently empty and potentially unmonitored. That’s basically a personal invite for unwanted guests.

Monitor package deliveries

Keep a close eye on estimated delivery dates and times as porch pirates are out in full force (especially during the holiday season). If a video doorbell is on your wish list, consider making that an early present as it might just come in handy in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas. Or, consider sacrificing convenience for added security by having your packages shipped to the store, work, or another place where they won’t be left unattended.

Break down and dispose of boxes

When it comes time to get rid of large and noticeable packaging (computer boxes, flat-screen boxes, etc.) make sure you’re taking the time to break them down and, if possible, conceal them in your recycling bin as to not draw attention to your home’s holiday loot. If you can’t hide these items, consider taking them to a recycling facility yourself or waiting until the trash truck is coming down the block to bring them to the curb.

Inform a neighbor of your travel plans

While your friends and family are likely aware of your travel plans, it’s always wise to let a trusted neighbor know just so they can serve as a set of eyes and ears on your behalf. Let them know when you’re leaving, when you’ll be back, and if anyone is expected to be on the premises while you’re away to get the mail, feed the dogs, water the plants, etc.

Shovel your driveway

If you live in an area with heavy snowfall, this might be a big ask (and perhaps not a free one at that). However, floodlights and random lamp timers in your home won’t do much good when your home is the only one on the block with a pristine and untouched blanket of snowfall covering your drive and walkways. Without tire tracks, footprints, or any other sign of activity, it’s pretty easy to tell who’s home and who isn’t.

Invest in a home security system

Without a doubt the BEST way to secure your home this holiday season is to invest in a home security system. Advanced home security systems can include alarms, home automation, video surveillance, and smart locks which can be engaged or disengaged through your mobile phone. In fact, investing in your home’s security and the safety of your family by way of a residential security system is one of the best holiday gifts you can give or receive. If you’d like to know more about custom residential security options and learn which features might be best for your home, contact Barcom Security today.

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